Review: Two Ravens and One Crow by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5)
September 4 2012
Yummy Man – Atticus O’Sullivan
From Goodreads –
Atticus O’Sullivan is back in an all-new, action-packed, laugh-out-loud novella from the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods.
Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon—and he must also leave his sword. The Morrigan has always taken extreme pleasure in pronouncing the Druid’s mortal danger and imminent doom, so the fact that she won’t reveal the purpose of their journey makes him very nervous. Of course, any time the Celtic Chooser of the Slain drops in unannounced, it’s never good. When she does let slip that she’ll be saving his life in the near future, Atticus is left to wonder . . . will he soon be giving his legions of enemies something to crow about?
With Tricked already on shelves since April of this year and with Trapped not due to release until the end of November, I was feeling a little Atticus-sick. You know, it’s like home-sick but for a character. Two Ravens and One Crow was the perfect fix for me. A quick story featuring my favorite Iron Druid characters, it hit the spot.
Just a heads up, if you are not up to date with the series, you may be a bit confused (and spoiled) by this review 😉
Two Ravens and One Crow by Kevin Hearne takes place six years after Tricked ends. In this novella we see Atticus having to deal with the ramifications of what went on in book three and we also see him dealing with his attraction to Granuaile.
Everyone who wanted Atticus dead for his part in killing Thor thinks he actually is dead. Or do they? Turns out some of the gods know Atticus is alive and well and training his apprentice Granuaile. When The Morrigan arrives one day telling him to leave his sword behind and to follow her, Atticus is weary but goes along. Because if there is one thing you don’t say to The Morrigan it’s ‘no’.
The Morrigan takes Atticus to see Frigg and Odin, the Norse goddess and god and two people who were on the ‘I believe Atticus is dead’ list. But apparently, they were in on his little secret. Odin isn’t too pleased with Atticus because, you see, he’s Thor’s father. Yup…you see where things are going now. Atticus made his bed and now he has to sleep in it.
As for his attraction to Granuaile, Atticus has moved on from simply thinking about baseball when he finds himself being drawn to her to enlisting Oberon’s (his dog) help. Oberon lets Atticus know when his jaw is hanging open. I laughed so hard at that scene. I love Granuaile and I absolutely adore Oberon. They are not in this novella a whole lot but what there is of them is fantastic.
As much as I loved the scenes with Oberon and Granuaile, I believe my favorite part of this story was The Morrigan. She brings Atticus to have the tattoo on the back on his hand repaired and opens up a bit when she is working. I really enjoyed seeing this different side to her. She was almost softer and I actually felt some sympathy towards her. She is one of my favorite characters in this series and in this story, she really shines. Kevin did an amazing job writing her here.
All in all, I really enjoyed this novella. It reminded me why I love the series so much. Fans of the series, I highly recommend reading Two Ravens and One Crow.
Books in the Iron Druid Chronicles series –
Trapped (November 27th 2012)
Hunted (June 25th 2013)